Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils Revised ROVAL Layout
Charlotte Motor Speedway Reveals Faster, Tougher Roval Layout - Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed a revised Roval course layout in a media event on Monday at the speedway; The 17-turn, 2.28-mile Roval layout features a faster infield portion that will be used in the Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30. The Roval will host the first road course races in the history of NASCAR's Playoffs; Four NASCAR drivers conducted a Goodyear tire test on the Roval last October
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Playoff drama will be at an all-time high this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Monday, speedway officials revealed the finalized, revolutionary Roval layout ahead of the historic Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30. The first road course race in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will see drivers attempt to tackle a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course that features a faster infield portion and additional passing opportunities.
The removal of two of the final three infield turns before returning to the iconic oval for the NASCAR course layout promises to give drivers more speed, quicker lap times and more chances to race their way to the front – and into the record books. A remarkable, 35-foot elevation change between Roval Turn 4 – the track's lowest point – and Roval Turn 9, its highest, means that the winner will literally face highs and lows before basking in the glow of victory.
Media members in attendance on Monday experienced the Roval first-hand in an adrenaline-pumping, "Roval ride-and-drive" in 2018 Toyota Camry XSE cars piloted by standouts including Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones.
"With these updates, the Roval is sure to provide the best show for the fans and the most challenging road course race for drivers," said Marcus Smith, the President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "We've obtained great feedback over the past year from champion drivers including Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon, and with their help and a collaborative effort with NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway is proud to showcase this brand-new course on the NASCAR schedule. Fans are going to see a thrill show unlike any other when September rolls around and racing comes to the Roval."
The Bank of America 500 will see drivers competing on a faster infield layout that features a daunting, 35-foot elevation change from the course's lowest point – Roval Turn 4 – to its highest, Roval Turn 9. Speedway officials have reconfigured Turn 8 to create a straighter exit from the infield onto Charlotte's iconic 1.5-mile oval. The course enhancement will provide more passing opportunities, a welcome sight for teams looking to advance in the NASCAR Playoffs while entering the record books as the first winners in Charlotte Roval history. The innovative Roval layout also features frontstretch and backstretch chicanes for drivers to navigate, further bolstering the Roval's unsurpassed spectacle of speed, strategy and playoff drama.
Continuing its "Fans First" approach and building on its lasting legacy of providing exceptional sports entertainment experiences, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have revealed new, cutting-edge developments at several speedways.
"Speedway Motorsports works very hard to continually modernize our facilities, with the ultimate goal of providing fans with the very best amenities and experiences," said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. "We are privileged to roll out the newest additions to our ongoing 'Fans First' initiative in what we believe will give our fans the most spectacular ways to enjoy the unforgettable entertainment at our multi-purpose sports venues."
Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway Develop Fan-Friendly Restart Bars
Race fans seeking an up-close look at on-track drama from a spectacular vantage point will get their chance at Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Texas Motor Speedway's Restart BAR Zone Club, located 26 rows above the restart zone at the start of the frontstretch dogleg area, gives race fans a new way to experience the April 8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, June 9 Texas Indy 600 and the Nov. 4 AAA Texas 500. The new entertainment area will feature indoor and outdoor lounges to give fans the outside adrenaline rush of racing and the comfort of climate-controlled, indoor socializing.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's multi-purpose Restart Bar – situated 20 rows above the track surface in the frontstretch Earnhardt Grandstand – offers fans a tremendous view of the speedway for the Feb. 25 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 as well as other speedway events. With accommodations for up to 300 fans, Atlanta's Restart Bar also includes indoor and open-air seating as well as a bar, high-top tables and space for interactive games and activities. For further details about the new Restart Bars or to purchase event tickets, fans should visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Debut Luxury Sports Lounge and Clubhouse Areas
The newest additions to Las Vegas Motor Speedway's fan experience promise to be some of the speedway's most spectacular enhancements in its illustrious history – which this year includes becoming the first NASCAR track to host two tripleheader weekends of Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series races.
Fans will have multiple ways to witness the high-octane excitement of the March 4 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube and the Sept. 16 South Point 400 in VIP fashion. Enhancements include three completely renovated, exclusive clubhouse areas; two separate loge-box seat offerings and a racing-inspired, interactive sports lounge.
Additional amenities such as Neon Garage access, personal wait staff, complimentary wireless internet, premium parking and more are available with different access packages so that fans can enjoy life in the fast lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For more information about Las Vegas Motor Speedway's new hospitality experiences or to purchase event tickets, fans should visit www.lvms.com.
Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.